Can Cadel Evans win the Tour de France again next year?

His team certainly thinks so.

BMC's chief sporting director John Lelangue believes the 34-year-old is capable of defying his aging body to capture cycling's greatest prize in 2012.

Evans became the oldest winner of the Tour in 88 years on Sunday but Lelangue thought his age wouldn't be a problem next year.

"Some wines are getting better and better with the years and some wines you need to drink after three years," he said.

"Cadel is one of those guys that you see it when he is committed to an objective.

"He is training like a junior.

"I think there is no one who is training like him, even at the Tour de France.

"If he is still motivated to get on the bike and to train, to have objectives, in a year's time … there is no problem."

The way Evans neutralised climbing greats Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador in the French Alps before blowing away the Schleck brothers in the time trial in Grenoble was mightily impressive.

So dominant was he in the time trial that his team ordered him to slow down in the final stages of the race.

His storming finish to the Tour had Lelangue believing Evans was up to claiming successive Tour de France titles.

"Oh yes," he said.

"I hope so, I hope so.

"Let's wait until October to see the route of the Tour de France.

"Let's wait and see, there is so many things that can happen in 12 months."

Evans called it "a beautiful race" as the sunshine in Paris bounced off the yellow victory podium where stood on the top step on Sunday.

"I could not be happier than to be standing up right in the middle here," said the 174cm tall Evans, who was looking up to the Schleck brothers either side of him.

Evans cut a much more relaxed figure this year on the Tour, his partnership with BMC working a treat.

However winning the Tour is going to change his life.

His triumph has made him a global figure and an Australian sporting great.

For a man who loves his privacy, he is in for a challenge in the coming months.

Evans and his wife Chiara Passerini spend the majority of their time in Stabio, a tiny Swiss village near the Italian border.

She acknowledged her man had a major adjustment ahead of him but vowed they'd keep life in perspective.

"It's big," she said. "We know he needs a little bit of time to realise what's happening.

"Trust me, we will come down. I will make sure of it.

"There will be more attention but not many things will change with us."

This was a very different Tour from the ones of the recent past that have been dominated by a single rider – Lance Armstrong or Contador. At least seven riders could have won it with only a few days remaining.

Contador, who is fighting a legal battle to hold on to last year's victory after a positive drug test, faded away in the final stages and finished fifth.

On Sunday's largely ceremonial ride to Paris, Contador smiled and chatted with Evans, even patting the Australian on the back. Afterward, the three-time Tour champion said he told Evans "he was the strongest rider, and it's normal that he won."

In a race often marred in the past by doping allegations, only one rider has so far tested positive – Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia – although many of the doping tests done this year have yet to be analysed. Contador's positive test last year only came out after the race finished.

Evans has never faced doping allegations, and his longtime coach Aldo Sassi was known to be opposed to doping.

Some have suggested that may be why until now he hasn't been able to achieve his promise, though Evans won't discuss that possibility.

"When you look at the race, it's obvious that we don't have the same feeling like in the past, when riders were sometimes supermen," Michel Rieu, scientific adviser of the French anti-doping agency AFLD, told The Associated Press.

"Most of the riders suffered a lot, you could see it on their faces, and they didn't give the impression of riding scooters instead of bikes."